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Monthly Archives: January 2016

February events

  • Councillors surgery: Eileen, Ashley and Paul will hold their regular monthly surgery where residents can come along to discuss issues on Saturday 6th February at 10.30am at the Whitley Cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Reading Banner delivery: The Labour party Reading Banner newsletter containing news from across the town will be delivered to residents during the first weekend of February.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out speaking to residents on Wentworth Avenue and Whitley Wood Road on Wednesday 17th February (afternoon), Tamarisk Avenue, Whitley Wood Road top and Shinfield Road on Wednesday 24th February from 6pm and Birdhill Avenue, Cressingham Road top and Monksbarn on Sunday 28th February at 11am.
  • Affinity tenancy leaflet: Councillors have developed a simplified version of the new Affinity housing tenancy agreement and this will be delivered to residents this month.
  • Linden Road walk around: Councillors, Affinity representatives and Council officers will be surveying Linden Road on Thursday 25th February at 9am. We will be seeing if there are any traffic and parking measures suitable to implement.
  • Northumberland Avenue shops (by Foxhays Road) redevelopment plans: these shops cut be set for a spruce up with some painting, fence replacing and planting set to take place. An event by the shops to speak to residents will take place on Saturday February 27th from 2.30pm-4.30pm.
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Resolution on teachers pay

Ashley will be asking the Council to back a resolution on bringing the London fringe allowance to Reading at Tuesday’s Full Council meeting. Teachers as far as Bracknell and Maidenhead receive an extra £1000 a year in pay to take cost of living into consideration. This puts Reading teachers, schools and students at a disadvantage compared to nearby authorities and this is something we want to rectify. The full resolution can be seen below

Draft resolution on Teachers pay

The resolution on teachers pay at the Council meeting can be viewed here

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Northumberland Avenue shops development opportunity

The Northumberland Avenue shops by Foxhays Road may soon get a spruce up after Councillors have been pressing for funding and work to be completed soon. Cleaning. Sweeping, new fences, fresh paint and some new greenery may all be in the offing soon if we get the go ahead.

You can read and see a bit more here: Foxhays shops leaflet.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact one of the Councillors.


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Council committed to helping JMA

Reading Borough Council is promising to work with the John Madejski Academy and education bodies to improve standards of education for schoolchildren in South Reading .

The academy, in Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, which is not controlled by the council, was put into special measures this week following an OFSTED inspection in November 2015.
Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s lead councillor for education, said:

“We are obviously disappointed with the outcome of the recent inspection of John Madejski Academy and the council is determined to see action taken which will provide the quality of education children in South Reading deserve.
“The council will work closely with the academy and the Department for Education Academies Division alongside OFSTED to create an effective and long-term solution to the current unsatisfactory situation. We are adamant all students in Reading should be provided with the opportunity to succeed and that any gaps in achievement are narrowed and closed, particularly for our more vulnerable children.

“The local authority is committed to ensuring John Madejski Academy makes fast and sustainable progress towards these aims and we will work closely with the Regional Schools Commissioner and the DfE Academies division to ensure that whatever support is required will be put in place.

“Although John Madejski Academy is not a maintained school controlled by the local authority and is guided by the DfE Academies Division, the council is keen to work with all parties to ensure that the students obtain the education that all of our children in Reading”.

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Become an Affinity neighbourhood rep

Affinity housing who run the Council/social housing stock in South Reading are looking for residents to help improve the local communities. You can do this by becoming a neighbourhood rep to speak on behalf of residents on issues, becoming a mystery shopper or simply filling out residents surveys. More information and contact details can be found here-

Tenant Toolkit

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£385k Award to Upgrade Football Pitch at Academy Sport

JOHN MADEJSKI ACADEMY, Reading Borough Council and Academy Sport Leisure Centre have successfully applied for £385k from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) to upgrade and extend the current all-weather pitch.

JOHN MADEJSKI ACADEMY, Reading Borough Council and Academy Sport Leisure Centre have successfully applied for £385k from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) to upgrade and extend the current all-weather pitch.

This new pitch, located at Academy Sport Leisure Centre in Whitley, will be significantly better for football than the existing sand filled turf. The funding will create a new full size (106m x 70m) floodlit artificial football pitch.

The use of rubber crumb in the new 3G surface will provide a far better playing surface, much closer to grass than the old pitch it replaces. Not only will this now accommodate full sized games but it also overcomes many of the drawbacks of the old surface.

The capital grant offer from the PL/FA:FF represents 83 per cent of the total project cost of £460k. The remaining £75k is being jointly funded by Reading Borough Council, Reading Football Club and the John Madejski Academy. It is anticipated that the new facility will be up and running by the summer of this year.

A representative from the John Madejski Academy said: “The award of this grant is very positive news for south Reading and the local community. It represents a step change in what we can offer local football clubs, societies and organisations in terms of a high quality, state of the art playing surface. It will also support John Madejski Academy expanding elite football programme which is going from strength to strength.”

An Academy Sport spokesperson said: “The award of this grant represents the culmination of a year’s hard work by a range of stakeholders. We certainly could not have achieved it without the help and support of our local football clubs and key partners.
“This 3G pitch will provide local clubs with access to high quality football facilities, which will undoubtedly lead to greater participation. It represents a fantastic investment into quality sports facilities in south Reading.”

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